Terry Cook is an internationally renowned opera singer born in Plainview, Texas, and graduated from the Texas Tech University School of Music. After leaving Texas Tech, Terry sang with the Santa Fe Opera and joined the Lyric Opera Center for American Artists in Chicago. In 1982, the Metropolitan Opera Music Director invited him to join the Met’s Young Artist Development Program, and he made his Met debut in 1983. Terry is primarily known for frequently portraying the title role in the famous Gershwin opera Porgy and Bess.
Terry has appeared as a bass-baritone with most major opera companies and symphony orchestras worldwide. Terry has appeared in more than twenty productions at the Metropolitan Opera, including La Traviata, La Fanciulla del West, La Gioconda, and Un Ballo in Maschera, Aida, Carmen, Salome, Parsifal, and Porgy and Bess. He has also performed with the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Boston Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra, and Atlanta, Seattle, Detroit, Baltimore, and Houston symphonies. Terry performed at the White House for President Reagan and for “Live at the Met” on PBS. Terry and his family divide their time between their homes in Germany and New York.
Terry Cook was inducted into the West Texas Walk of Fame in 2016